Dangers of being a REALTOR, even on the day after Christmas

Real Estate Agent with Kona Home Team (luva llc) RS 62947

I always considered being a REALTOR, especially in Hawaii, a pretty safe bet, and you would think, the day after Christmas, everybody is all fat and happy, in a good mood, and that your day would just roll off, not like any other day, but actually BETTER than most days. I know I was all Happy, the family and I, all had a wonderful Christmas, it was a warm, sunny,  81 degrees outside, I am standing a few inches taller with my new Christmas shirt I am wearing...... You know the feeling. 

Well, someone forgot to tell that mean old dog, what day it was. I do a lot of work for Bank of America in their Coop Short Sale Department, so when I approach a homeowner in trouble, I have some very good options for them, in some cases, up to $30,000 in moving assistance - just to cooperate in a short sale, I am not there to collect any bill's, make any threats, it’s just all good - I even point them in the right direction for a loan mod, if it looks feasible. 

Back to the dog, as I step out of my vehicle, gather my paperwork, and head for the home - the first thing I come across is a NO TRESPASSING sign ( I would have greatly appreciated a BEWARE OF DOG sign - but that was not an option) .

Kona Realtor So I shout out from the driveway, HELLO, HELLO....... No response, so I turn to the mailbox looking for a newspaper holder to leave a note in - nothing there. Since there were no fences, just an open yard, leading to a carport, with the door at the back of it, I decide to proceed and leave a note at the door. All looks good so far, I cross the yard, I am entering the carport, approaching the door, do another shout out - HELLO – and there it is, to my left, big, mean, old, dog. The dog starts for me, As fear hits you, you realize how important it is - to not let fear into the room, I hesitate, the dog hesitates, I stare at the dogs, long, long, long cable attached to the dogs neck - NO way I am going to outrun that cable. That’s it, as much as I try to keep fear away, the dog sees it - he lunges at me, I fight him off with my hands, kind of like I do with my big dog at home, but only this time it’s for real. The dog comes at me again, I am running backwards, using my hands and arms to protect me, I'm doing good, but when all that adrenaline is running through your veins, you see EVERYTHING - including about 20 feet of slack STILL in that dogs cable! I know my chances are dwindling with every step I take, I am running “backwards”, sooner or later, the odds are, I am going to take a hit - that’s when it happens, I throw the dog to the left, he recovers faster than I do - he lunges at my right, upper arm, he makes contact - rips my new shirt open, then I see the blood, but I still have a few feet left to go - the dog - who looks as surprised as I do, stops in his tracks, I stumble back into a safe zone, lift my sleeve to my shirt, I find a gaping wound in my upper arm, along with bruising, and scrapes, and some superficial flesh wounds.

The gaping hole has me concerned, I realize a trip to the hospital is in order, which is about a 45 minute drive; my house is on the way, so I stop by to grab some water, and my son wants come along. They admitted us into the hospital at about 4:30pm, as 7:00 pm approaches and nothing has happened, I decide my odds are better at home, I want to get this wound cleaned up, stitched up, and put all this behind me – my son and I follow another family out of the ER, and hi tail it for our car, we get only get a few blocks away when we are busted – they had called my wife – looking for us, it appears that just as we escaped, our number came up (she knows all the doctors, and works in the medical field) After the backlash we heard from her, we snuck back into the ER and acted like we just went out for a candy bar. I believe this may have had something to do with the harsh cleaning, and stitching that ensued, but I had to suck it up – my son was with me.

(the only reason we didn’t stitch it up at home is , I needed a tetanus shot again – which they gave me upon arrival)

Actually the dog bite hurts a lot less than the shots did – LOL

Hope everybody has a safe and happy new year – be careful, no matter how good your day is going.


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Comments (8)

Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You were very lucky. No warning and no one around. It could have been very bad. One time I took my husband with me to post a fannie mae notice on a door of a forclosure. He couldn't believe I had to do that, and was instantly afraid for my safety. I offered him the job...full time if he wanted it. He didn't. But it does bring to mind that we need to be careful for our safety in our day to day tasks as REALTORS and agents.

Dec 27, 2012 02:47 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

You are lucky he was cabled and the damage was not worse.  Agents should consider carrying pepper spray.


No look, no touch, no eye contact,


Dec 27, 2012 02:59 AM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

It is always wise to keep a dog bone in your car and carry it with you if you are uncertain of the property...Toss the bone at the dog and it gives you time to make your escape.

Dec 27, 2012 03:11 AM
Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!

Debbie  I feel very lucky - one of the first times I have been scared like that 


Dec 27, 2012 03:17 AM
Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!

Eve - not a bad idea, the policemen that interviewed me, stated they always approach a home with their hand on their billy-clubs - don't think I would get very far with clients though if I had a billy-club in my hand - LOL . Pepper spray is a GREAT Idea! 

Thank you 

Dec 27, 2012 03:20 AM
Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!

Edward - A pork Chop would have been nice also, the homeowner would have liked me even better! 


Dec 27, 2012 03:59 AM
Don Pizza

lance ,glade your alright . perhaps you should have been doing safer activities like falling off motorcycles at 150 mph, no danger there, right? 

Dec 28, 2012 03:26 AM
Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!

Yes Don, you have that correct. Can you believe they told me not to ride dirt bikes this weekend? Said it could rip my stitches out? Dont they know thats what duck tape is for, I will just wrap it a few times to hold it together, and RIDE ! 

Dec 28, 2012 06:03 AM